Lotus Flower Tower, Northwest Territories, Canada
Lotus Flower Tower, Northwest Territories, Canada

UTSA student presents mountain-climbing video

(April 26, 2004)--Mike Lewis, one of UTSA's first doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering, presents "Looking for Blue Skies," a 40-minute video and lecture about his 1992 climb up the Lotus Flower Tower in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The presentation is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27 in Science Building Room 2.02.02 on the 1604 Campus.

Lewis and a team of six Texans scaled the 2,200-foot mountain located in a remote area 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The team completed the climb in two-and-a-half days.

He was recently awarded a conservation award by the American Alpine Club for his service and achievements including serving the past six years as chairman of the conservation committee for domestic issues.

In January, Lewis, Stephen Brown, assistant professor of environmental science, and Arturo Ortiz, a specialist in the Department of Health and Kinesiology scaled Mt. Orizaba in Mexico.

The team took ground samples and measured the ice with ground-penetrating radar. It is the second consecutive year Lewis and Brown climbed the 18,500-foot mountain.

--Kris Rodriguez



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